Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student reported that the homework and video I sent her were useful. She completed them before we met. During today's session we went over an Excel form that she uses for work. She oriented me to the form and explained the meaning of the different variables. I explained the math behind the different columns of numbers and she was able to understand the meaning and importance of the calculations and resulting figures."
"The student and I worked on the previous chapters in her textbook to prepare her for an upcoming test in her class. By going over the previous material, I believe that the student will be better prepared for the information that she will encounter on the test and can be prepared. She understood the material once we went over, it was just about practicing the information."
"Today was our final session before the student's test tomorrow. We did a comprehensive review of all of the material."
"Today the student and I worked more on summation notation and partial sums. We started by reviewing the elements of summation notation, then talked about some properties of sums- for example, how to simplify a sum using the "multiplication by a constant" rule, or by splitting it up into two smaller sums using the addition/subtraction rule. We did several practice problems with these which she did very well with. We then went over some "useful shortcuts" for actually solving sums of k, k squared, and k cubed. We did some practice with word problems to see examples where it is way more time-efficient to use these summation shortcuts instead of adding up all the terms manually (i.e. find the sum of the first 20 positive integers). We finished the session with several more practice problems, some of them word problems but most having to do with simplifying summations and using the shortcuts to solve them directly. The student did very well with this overall. As requested by the student a couple weeks ago, I left her with a webpage which has 10 practice problems going over what we did today, in case she wants to review on her own time. We will do a few review problems on Wednesday then look at summations of arithmetic and geometric sequences."
"We started off reviewing how to multiply matrices, because the student felt shaky on that. I pointed him to test prep site videos as a reliable resource for explaining math topics that he finds confusing. We then went through the chapter doing example problems and discussing the concepts. He was able to watch me do examples and then perform similar problems. We were able to do only a few problems before time ran out. I left him with a few suggestions on problems."
"We covered problems for an AP calculus prep exam that included taking limits of polynomial functions, integration techniques, and working with differentials. Overall, the student is very good in the subject and just needs more practice to sharpen his skills. I also believe with more effort in showing his work, he will gain more confidence."